Rabat- A former boxer, Tarik Sahibbedine, took down a violent passenger threatening to hijack a Lufthansa plane.Sahibbedine recounted the story to his friend, Arnaud Romera, a sports journalist, who was the first to share it on social media:It all started Friday, August 24, on a Lufthansa flight from Munich to Paris when a passenger threw an angry tantrum. The passenger became aggressive with a flight attendant who refused to serve him any more alcohol, and the 46-year-old French-Moroccan knew that it was time to intervene to save the plane’s 200 passengers.First, Sahibbedine tried to talk the angry passenger into calming down, pulling the curtains at the front of the plane to prevent passengers from panicking. However, the situation nearly got out of hand. The boxer noted to news outlets France Info and le Parisien that the aggressive passenger, who appeared to be in his 20s, had the attitude of a mentally unstable man.The aggressor, threatening to open the cabin door and hijack the plane, was about to attack the cockpit when the boxer tackled him to the ground. Other passengers joined in the effort and immobilized the young man.“I didn’t have time to be afraid…. I told him if you move, I’ll break your jaw,” Sahibbedine stated.Following the incident, French police reportedly sent the passenger to undergo a psychiatric test as part of their investigation.
BERLIN — A U.N. panel overseeing compensation claims by countries and organizations affected by Iraq’s 1990-1991 invasion of Kuwait says it has paid $240 million to the Gulf state’s national oil company.The United Nations Compensation Commission said Tuesday that the latest tranche brings to $48.3 billion the amount it has paid out since 2005. Iraq must currently set aside 1.5% of its oil export sales for the compensation fund.The panel has approved 1.5 million claims brought by over 100 governments and international organizations, with all but one fully paid out.The remaining claim, which includes the latest payment, comes from the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. Some $4.1 billion of its $14.7 billion claim for oil production and sales losses resulting from damage to the country’s oil fields remain to be paid.The Associated Press
11 June 2010The United Nations refugee agency expressed sadness today after learning of the deaths of nine Somali asylum-seekers who drowned while attempting to reach Mozambique, an increasingly popular route for Somalis trying to flee the violence and suffering in their homeland. The nine Somalis were part of a larger group of 77 attempting to reach Mozambique by boat when they were forced – apparently by crew members – into the sea on 30 May, according to Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“Some people were rescued by fishermen while 36 others who refused to leave the boat were eventually taken to [the town of] Palma,” Ms. Fleming said, commending the fishermen and local authorities for saving lives.UNHCR has dispatched a team of officials to Mozambique to find out more about what happened in the latest incident, as Ms. Fleming reported that nearly 2,000 Somali men are estimated to have reached north-eastern Mozambique by boat since the start of the year.“Most report having travelled directly from Mogadishu and Kismayo, with many claiming that they fled to escape forced recruitment by al-Shabaab militants,” the spokesperson said, referring to the Islamist group fighting Government forces in Somalia, which has not had a functioning national government in two decades.Some of the Somalis – as well as a small number of Ethiopians – had already travelled to Mombasa, Kenya, before attempting to reach Mozambique by sea.“Most Somalis only stay a few days or weeks at Maratane refugee camp in northeast Mozambique before attempting to move on to South Africa, where they believe they will have better opportunity,” Ms. Fleming noted.Maratane is home to about 7,700 refugees and asylum-seekers, but most of its population hails from Burundi, Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).UNHCR said it is working with Government officials across Mozambique to deal with the upsurge in arrivals by sea from Somalia, providing logistical and technical support to help relocate the asylum-seekers.Violence continues to engulf Somalia, particularly its southern and central regions, and UNHCR estimates that almost 40,000 people have fled the country since the start of the year. Already more than 580,000 Somalis live as refugees in neighbouring countries and at least 1.4 million others are internally displaced.
TORONTO – Canadian banks are expected to benefit from rising U-S interest rates and fewer bad loans in the oil patch as they start reporting their latest quarterly results this week.But analysts say worries about the housing market remain a key concern.Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities, says that even if results are good, people may dismiss them as being quote — “backward-looking” because of fears about the Canadian mortgage market.Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded the credit ratings for Canada’s big banks earlier this month, in part due to concerns that high house prices have left lenders vulnerable to potential losses.Since Home Capital had to secure an emergency 2-billion line of credit after savers started pulling out their deposits in recent weeks, some observers are worried about broader implications.But a C-I-B-C analyst says concerns that Home Capital is the so-called canary-in-the-coal-mine are overblown.The Bank of Montreal will kick off the earnings parade on Wednesday, followed by Royal Bank, T-D Bank and C-I-B-C on Thursday. by 660 NEWS Staff Posted May 22, 2017 9:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian banks to benefit from rising U.S. interest rates
Speaking to the press today in Geneva, Rupert Colville, the Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also called on the authorities in the African nation to conduct impartial and effective investigations into Sunday’s violence in which at least 10 people were killed. “Credible sources indicate that some of these deaths resulted from excessive use of force by the security forces,” said the Spokesperson at the regular news briefing. Cameroon’s Anglophone regions have seen multiple strikes and demonstrations over the past year as resentment and tensions have built at what, he said, English-speakers see as discrimination against them in favour of the majority French-speaking population. Noting that over the past few months, public and private property has been damaged, including arson attacks on a number of schools, Mr. Colville called on all people to pursue peaceful means to make themselves heard. In the same vein, he also urged the authorities to ensure that the security forces exercise restraint and take measures to prevent the use of force when policing demonstrations. “People should be allowed to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, including through having uninterrupted access to the internet,” he stated. Further at the briefing, he noted that OHCHR welcomed the comments by President Paul Biya, on Sunday, in which the President condemned all forms of violence, irrespective of the perpetrators, and called for dialogue as the only way to find a durable solution.
This week, Mallory Rellinger, student recruiter at CPA Ontario, makes an appearance on the Conversations with Goodman podcast.Rellinger talks to host Susan LeBlanc about the CPA designation and the opportunities that it can lead to. They talk about the fact that accounting careers are dynamic and exciting, and how students can connect with reps on campus to start building a relationship with CPA Ontario. Rellinger, who is the primary contact for Brock students who want to learn more about the designation, is on campus several times throughout the year as the Goodman School of Business has a strong relationship with CPA Ontario. The podcast ends with an update on upcoming events that Brock students can attend.This is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community. Last week’s episode featured Najlaa Rauf, student engagement coordinator, Rudy Ambrosio, President, Goodman Business Students’ Association and Neil Bourque, President, Goodman Graduate Business Council. They chatted about student life at Goodman and the value in getting involved outside of the classroom.Listen to this week’s podcast below:Watch this week’s podcast here:
Lucinda O’Bryan-Tear, who runs a pre-prep school in London, alleged that when she and her husband visited the Tyrwhitt-Drakes in 2010 to discuss the shooting noise they were invited to sit on a “low level dog’s sofa” which she claimed was an attempt to belittle them.District Judge Anthony Callaway, sitting at East Hampshire Magistrates Court, dismissed the noise abatement order, questioning, as he did so, the “unreasonable” conduct of Dr O’Bryan-Tear, whom he suggested had lost perspective.”Although this case is concerned with game shooting, it is apparent that its ambit has stretched over many other aspects and been the subject of bitter dispute,” he said. Dr Charles Gillies O’Bryan-Tear at courtCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. But things rapidly deteriorated when his daughter was told she could no longer ride on their neighbours’ land as the paddock was to be turned into a car park. “I find that the action has fallen well short of the requisite standard.”Mr Tyrwhitt-Drake said they had been shooting on the estate for nearly 60 years “without any complaint whatsoever about noise”.A successful prosecution would have “ripped the heart” out of the shoot and threatened its viability as well as some local employment.The Countryside Alliance said: “We are extremely grateful to the Tyrwhitt-Drake family for defending it so robustly.”Many people would have folded faced with this sort of prosecution setting an extremely dangerous precedent. Everyone who shoots is in their debt.” Bereleigh House estate and grounds, near East MeonCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency What began as a “minor disagreement” quickly escalated as the O’Bryan-Tears made a “whole succession of complaints” about gunshot noiseDr O’Bryan-Tear even went as far as to “demand” Mr Tyrwhitt-Drake resign from the Countryside Alliance as he was “not fit for office” and his wife Philippa do the same from her role on the local parish council.The court heard that “persistent” shots recorded from Dr O’Bryan-Tear’s patio measured 71 decibels, with the average range between 58 and 63, which he said disturbed the “tranquil South Downs”.He said the stress caused by the noise was comparable to someone coming up behind you and shouting boo. Game shooting parties are not too loud, a judge has ruled in a decision hailed by the Countryside Alliance.Aristocrat William Tyrwhitt-Drake, 76, who has family links to Sir Francis Drake, was forced to defend his right to shoot on his vast 3,000-acre estate after a “bitter, protracted” row with his neighbour, a renowned pharmacist, in the picturesque village of East Meon, Hampshire.The nobleman told the Telegraph he felt he had “no choice” but to fight the private prosecution, which had been costly and stressful for his family.“I was extremely concerned as hundreds of drives all over the country are closer to neighbouring properties than was the case here,” he said.“Had we lost I believe it would have set a very dangerous precedent for the shooting community, in that I have a strong sense that it might have encouraged similar actions.”When Dr Charles Gillies O’Bryan-Tear, 63, a renowned pharmacist, purchased neighbouring property in 2006, relations had been perfectly congenial, the families socialising at Conservative dinners and social functions.
IF YOU DON’T already follow him on Twitter, you might not have heard of astronaut Chris Hadfield – but if you have, you’ll know he has a pretty fanatical following online and among geeks worldwide.Hadfield is currently abroad the International Space Station – of which he will take full command next month, when a trio of fellow travellers return to Earth – and has taken to regularly tweeting photographs shot from 350km above the surface of our planet.Here’s his latest: Dublin at night.“Tá Éire fíorálainn!,” he tweeted this evening, making an admirable stab at Irish spelling. “Land of green hills and dark beer. With capital Dublin glowing in the Irish night.”(If you’re a bit confused, the photo isn’t facing the ‘right way up’ – you should rotate it about 120° anti-clockwise to position it correctly. That is, the direction corresponding to 4 o’clock on a clock is actually north.)Check out how dark it is in the Phoenix Park…Edit: Because a few readers have asked, here’s the photo the right way up:Read: ‘My daughter is in Ireland’: Astronaut Chris Hadfield says ‘ask me anything
A DUTCHMAN HAS been arrested in Greece for allegedly stabbing at least 20 times a 12-year-old Russian boy who was vacationing on the island of Crete.The boy was found early on Wednesday morning bleeding in the parking lot of the hotel in the town of Hersonissos where his family was staying.According to the police, he had been missing since Tuesday evening when a show was held on the premises.His mother told authorities that the 20-year-old accused had stolen her son’s iPad and mobile phone and he had gone to reclaim them when he disappeared.The Dutchman, who was working at the hotel as a performer, has confessed to stealing the items and stabbing the boy.He then pushed his victim into the bushes surrounding the parking lot.Local coroner Antonis Papadomanolakis said that the boy was stabbed at least 20 times in the chest, back and other parts of his body.Most of the wounds are not deep and vital organs appear undamaged, the coroner said.But the victim was kept in an emergency unit overnight before being flown to Athens, where he is being treated at a children’s clinic, he said.The self-confessed attacker was taken to a prosecutor today.Crete is one of Greece’s main travel destinations, drawing hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.- © AFP 2013.Read: Man stabbed at Dublin shopping centre>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram About 500 fast food workers, currently granted stay in Australia through the 457 visa scheme, will have to leave the country, as the Department of Immigration and Border Protection introduced changes to the scheme, banning fast food chains from bringing foreign workers to the country. The change was announced by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, who expressed his intention to terminate the fast food industry labour agreement entered into by the Gillard government in 2012. Under that agreement, outlets such as McDonald’s, KFC, Hungry Jack’s and other establishments have been acting as sponsors for foreign workers who arrive in Australia, along with their families. Designed to address a shortage of workers qualified to do particular jobs and thus fill vacancies that could not be filled by Australian workers, the four-year business visa has been one of the key factors affecting both migration and employment. Currently 95,758 people are in Australia on a 457 visa, of which 500 are working in the fast food sector, which, according to some researchers, is abusing the 457 visa scheme. “The Turnbull government is committed to ensuring that career pathways are available for young Australians,” said Mr Dutton, explaining his decision to ban fast food chains from using the 457 visa scheme, as a way for young Australian workers to “be given priority”. Under the new regulation, those fast food workers on the 457 visa should either leave Australia once their visa expires, or transition to another type of visa.
PORTLAND — Rasheed Wallace attempted to make a $35,000 payment on a property tax bill on a house he owns in Portland, but when the county tried to collect the money it was told the account is not valid.His wife submitted the electronic payment last week that failed.Dave Austin with Multnomah County told KGW that as a result, a $25 returned check fee will be added to the $150,000 bill.Wallace is a former Portland Trail Blazer who is now an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons.
A majority of the Vancouver City Council now publicly opposes plans to build the Northwest’s largest oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver.Councilor Jack Burkman made his opposition known at the end of Monday’s council meeting. Councilors Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Bart Hansen and Larry Smith all confirmed to The Columbian on Wednesday that they too oppose the $110 million project proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies.While the city council doesn’t have direct control over the project — Tesoro-Savage signed the lease with the Port of Vancouver’s Board of Commissioners, and the facility will have to be approved by Gov. Jay Inslee — having a majority of the seven-member council in opposition means the city can actively fight it.Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Councilors Alishia Topper and Bill Turlay have said it’s premature to take a position.Todd Coleman, the Port of Vancouver’s executive director, said Wednesday the council’s majority opposition to the proposed oil-by-rail transfer terminal “surprises me a little bit,” because he thought the city was prepared to learn all of the facts that will come out during the review process overseen by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, or EFSEC. “I think it’s premature,” he said of the council’s stance.The lease the port commission unanimously approved with Tesoro-Savage involves 42 acres and is worth at least $45 million to the port over an initial 10 years. The port and the companies say the oil-handling project would bring several economic development benefits, including creating 250 temporary construction jobs and 120 full-time jobs, boosting local and state tax revenues, and
WILMINGTON, MA — The following seven children were baptized at St. Dorothy’s last month:Noelle Ava FontanaKierstin Julie FontanaAva Jean FloraNash John MulreyLucas Scott NetishenAnthony Michael Richard, Jr.Adriana Michelle RowsellCongratulations to these children and their families.(NOTE: List is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy church bulletin.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”4 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”12 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”
Karimnagar: TSRTC Karimnagar Regional Manager P Jeevan Prasad presented appreciation letters talented officials of Line Staff department during the Independence Day celebrations here on Thursday.Earlier he hoisted the national flag at RTC bus stand. Divisional manager AP Satyaraj Naidu, accounts officer R Lavanaya, Malhar Rao, personnel officer M Chandraiah, Karimnagar 2 depot manager L Mallesham, regional manager office supervisor Satya Rama Rao, Hima Bindu, Jyoshna, union leaders and staff have participated in the celebrations.
00:00 /09:42 X Since 1998 and the release of Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed, real-time strategy video game StarCraft, the world of eSports — or professional, competitive video gaming — has grown immensely.Like any other sport, eSports involves skilled gamers competing with each other for major accolades and prizes — often in packed auditoriums or arenas. This is full-time, professional work for these gamers, and, for newer games like Overwatch or League of Legends, the competitors consist of teams playing against each other.And now, Houston is home to several teams of its own. One such League of Legends team started in November of 2017 called Clutch Gaming, which is owned by the Houston Rockets.Having recently reached 4th place in the spring competition of the North America League of Legends Championship Series, they are now in the midst of their summer season with a 1-1 record, coming out victorious against competitors Cloud9 in their first match and losing to the team Echo Fox in their second.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks with Sebastian Park, vice president of eSports for the Houston Rockets, about the team and its first year as a franchise.@ClutchGaming/TwitterMembers of Clutch Gaming, one of Houston’s professional, competitive video game teams. @ClutchGaming/TwitterA player from Clutch Gaming, one of Houston’s professional, competitive video game teams. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
Between a crowded commute, hectic meetings, and stressful deadlines, it’s easy to work up a sweat at the office. What’s not easy is covertly sniffing your armpits for signs of BO.Japanese tech company Konica Minolta is crowdfunding a device that identifies your level of stench.The pocket-sized machine connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth, and lets users scan four hotspots: around feet, behind ears, top of head, and underarms.Kunkun Body then tests for three different smells—sweat, “middle-fat odors,” and kareishu, which refers to that familiar “old people” aroma—and displays the digital results.Konica Minolta, known for making printers and cameras, believes folks will buy into the portable odor checker, because people in Japan are “particularly sensitive to smell,” according to The Guardian.There is even a word in Japanese to describe office workers whose stink annoys coworkers—sumehara, or “smell harassment.”Kunkun Body was born two years ago out of vanity: Daisuke Koda, incubation lead at Konica Minolta Japan’s business innovation center, and several 40-something male colleagues admitted they worried about overlooking their own body odor.Daisuke Koda demonstrates the Kunkun Body (via The Guardian)“We looked for a device to measure body smell, only to find that there was no device at all to tell the different types of smells,” Koda told The Guardian.And, as necessity is the mother of invention, the group conspired to create a new business venture for the hygienically challenged—and those too cordial to speak out about them.“We see challenges that these people are aware of but nobody has a solution for,” Koda said.Named for the Japanese word meaning “sniff,” Kunkun Body is available to pre-order as part of a crowdfunded set of care products. Early birds can take advantage of online discounts, saving a few yen on the ¥30,000 ($267) gadget, expected for delivery in Japan later this year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan
In a glittering fashion extravaganza, students of Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI), a premier institute in the fields of footwear, leather goods, retail and fashion, celebrated its achievement of INI status by showcasing their work at a recently concluded fashion week in New Delhi. The FDDI show started with a silver theme which was then followed by the Vanko. Next came Afropop and it made us believe how beautifully leather can be crafted to provide various forms of footwear and apparels. The show brought a collection of bright, thoughtful and attractive collection by the students of FDDI on the runway.
News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more February 20, 2015 — Mobius Medical Systems LP announced the release of Mobius3D version 1.5. For users with the MobiusFX treatment verification module, the newest version of Mobius3D automatically verifies accurate delivery of every fraction in a patient’s course of treatment. A Treatment Summary report displays an interactive analysis of each delivered fraction. If any discrepancies are found, Mobius3D determines the 3-D dosimetric impact to the patient.Version 1.5 also adds support for the Mobius Verification Phantom (MVP). The MVP contains seven ion chamber measurement points and a film plane. Its geometry is built into Mobius3D, allowing quality assurance (QA) plans measured using the MVP to be automatically calculated and verified in Mobius3D. The MVP adds flexibility in the Mobius3D ecosystem for commissioning, spot checks, easy investigation into QA failures and as a secondary intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) QA device.For more information: www.mobiusmed.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Technology | February 20, 2015 Mobius Brings 3-D Quality Assurance to Daily Radiation Therapy Deliveries System automatically verifies accurate delivery of every fraction in course of treatment News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more
No related posts. Latin America will need to step up to the plate and take more responsibility for solving the region’s problems if it wants to be an equal partner with the United States, Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla said at the Casa Presidencial on Tuesday.The president’s comments followed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech declaring an end to a policy known as the Monroe Doctrine that governed U.S.-Latin American relations for 200 years, delivered to an audience at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., on Monday.The Monroe Doctrine, named after U.S. President James Monroe, declared in 1823 that the United States would interpret further European interference with the independent states of the Americas an act of war and act unilaterally as the “protector of the region,” according to Kerry’s speech.Critics of the doctrine, however, saw the mantle of “protector of the region” as an opportunity to assert U.S. dominance over the Western Hemisphere.“Today, however, we have made a different choice. The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over,” Kerry said, formally ending the foreign policy.Costa Rica’s president agreed.“For some time now, the state of the relationship between the United States and Latin America has been absolutely different,” Chinchilla told The Tico Times.“In the past [we were] more accustomed to a more vertical dialogue between the United States and Latin America. This has been changing and it seems good to me. It expresses a maturing of relations. Of course, this means greater responsibility for Latin America and working together to solve the region’s problems,” the president added.“There are countries in Latin America that continue using a discourse that blames the United States for all our problems, but at the same time [they] demand that the United States come up with all the solutions. It seems to me that if we’re going to demand the United States look for solutions, we also need to show more maturity. Many of the causes of the problems in our region do not have to do with the United States but with our own failings,” Chinchilla said.Kerry had been roundly criticized earlier this year when he told U.S. lawmakers that “the Western Hemisphere is our backyard,” in comments that triggered anger from some Latin American leaders.Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the aid agency USAID following the speech, and denounced the United States, which he said “probably thinks that here it can still manipulate us politically and economically. That is a thing of the past.”“Secretary Kerry’s speech to the OAS reflected the fact that the United States enjoys strong, respectful bilateral relationships with many countries in the region, including Costa Rica,” Eric Turner, information officer for the U.S. Embassy in San José, told The Tico Times in an email. “As U.S. President Barack Obama noted in his visit to Mexico and Costa Rica last May, there are no ‘senior partners,’ rather equal partners focused on areas of common interest, including enhancing economic prosperity and cooperating on regional security,” he added.Kerry added, “It will require courage and a willingness to change, but above all, it will require a higher and deeper level of cooperation between us, all of us together as equal partners in this hemisphere.” AFP contributed to this report Facebook Comments